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AfriForum boycotts diplomatic immunity over Grace Mugabe

Lobby group AfriForum has condemned a request for Political protection made by Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe following assault allegations against her, saying it will oppose the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) if it backed the proposition.

Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe
Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe

It is alleged that Mugabe attacked Gabriella Engels at a Sandton Hotel on Sunday.

In the meantime, the Zimbabwean government has requested diplomatic cover for Mugabe in a bid to keep her out of court.

Grace was expected to appear at the Randburg Magistrate Court, but she failed to serve the agreement.

But AfriForum’s Willie Spies says the state cannot afford to grant Grace diplomatic immunity.

“Given the legislation we have and international conventions applicable, we are of the opinion there is a clear-cut case to be made and the department is not in the position to grant diplomatic immunity.”

AfriForum says it will give the State three months to prosecute before it intervenes.

Debbie Engels, Gabrilla’s mother has welcome the interference of the legal team at AfriForum, including advocate Gerrie Nel.

Engels says the legal team behind this matter will help her for fight justice.

“At least now I can sleep a little bit more peaceful knowing that I have people in my corner that are going to help me fight for justice for my daughter. I know these people are not going to back down. They’re going to fight for her all the way. I’m very, very grateful. Now I know that this woman is not going to get off scot-free.”

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